Shafee was eyeing AG post, claims Dr M

PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Dr Muhammad Shafee Abdullah badly wanted to be the Attorney General, claimed Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The Prime Minister claimed that Dr Muhammad Shafee had come to see him and informed him that the then Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail could not prosecute Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

"He (Dr Muhammad Shafee) said he can win (the case). I said if he can win, then go and tell (former prime minister Datuk Seri) Najib Tun Razak lah.

"At that time, I was still friendly with Najib," he said at a press conference after chairing a meeting by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi) on Friday (Sept 14).

Dr Mahathir said this when asked to comment on allegations by Dr Muhammad Shafee that it was the former who pushed him to become the special prosecutor in Anwar's Sodomy II appeal.

Dr Muhammad Shafee alleged that Dr Mahathir did not have confidence in the Attorney General's Chambers to competently manage the appeal.

He said that Najib was not keen on the idea of appointing him as the prosecutor because he did not want to offend Abdul Gani.